Search For A Particular Setting In Mac OS X System Preferences – How To

Uzair Ghani
Posted Oct 26, 2015
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Here’s how you can use System Preferences in Mac OS X to search for a particular setting quickly and easily.

System Preferences

With every release of OS X for the Mac, Apple pushes out a number of updates to ensure a great user experience across the board, making things as easy and simple as possible for users. For instance, did you know that in System Preferences of OS X you can actually search for a particular setting using a simple and easy to use universal search feature? Today we’ll show you how to use it and turn you into a pro OS X user in a jiffy.

Search For A Particular Setting In Mac OS X System Preferences

1. Launch System Preferences on your Mac. You can either do so from the Launchpad, Spotlight Search or by clicking on the ‘Apple’ button in the Mac menu bar at the top of the display.

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2. Once System Preferences is open on the display, you’ll notice a little search box at the top right hand corner. Click on it to make it active.

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3. Now type in the keywords for a particular setting. For the sake of this guide we’ll go with ‘Brightness.’ You’ll notice that OS X will highlight all the places where ‘brightness’ settings live.

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You can type in different keywords as well to find other setting options as well, such as ‘Ethernet’ and whatnot. It’s a very nifty little piece of nugget to know about and we’re certain it will enhance the overall experience of you using a Mac.

There are a lot of little tidbits hidden across OS X that aim to make the process of using a Mac as seamless as possible. If you’re a power user, we’re sure that you’re well aware of the above mentioned tip, but for those who don’t, you now have something new to flaunt about.

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We encourage users to make use of such features in OS X especially if they’re new to Apple’s desktop platform, as it will give you a quick glimpse of where you can find a particular setting on a Mac and make adjustments accordingly. After all, you don’t want to waste your precious minutes looking for that one particular item which you have no clue where it lives.

If you found the above mentioned tip useful, then do not forget to vocal about it and let us know in the comments section below.

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